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Old 09-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
Sep 2012
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I've decided that it was time to make a licorice beer. I am a bi fan of black licorice, and i feel it would blend well with a stout. What would be the best way to go about this? Would it be better to steep some anise seed and licorice root in the boil, or would it be better to drop a few sticks of brewers licorice (which appears to just be the candy) during the boil? How much of each method would be good for a 5 gallon batch? As far as intensity is concerned, Im looking to add noticeable flavor, without overpowering the beer. What strains of hops would compliment a livorice flavor? Thanks!

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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Mar 2012
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I'll bring this one back from the dead. I'm brewing up a batch of a licorice porter for a friend's birthday soon. 8 oz molasses and 3/4-oz of licorice bits. 5% each of black patent, biscuit malt, and roasted barley. Half an ounce of Perle at 60 minutes and another ounce at 20 minutes. Pretty nice coffee/toffee drink (a coffee mug of the non-hopped wort + shot of jameson ftw). It's pretty much finished up where I want it, and there's just a bare hint of the licorice. He wants more of that anise bite in it. I was thinking of putting it in a secondary with maybe .25 tsp of anise seen and another half ounce of licorice for the week? Anybody have hints on the best way to getting what he wants?

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:44 AM   #3
Feb 2013
New York City, New York
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This sounds awesome. Might try it soon. I was looking for a recipe that included ouzo for a Greek friend of mine. Think ouzo could work instead of the licorice or anise? (If you don't know ouzo it's anise liqueur, like sambuca.)

I'm also looking for a recipe that could incorporate Metaxa (Greek brandy) if that's possible.

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